* Take the Vienna subway - the U-Bahn - it is wonderful. Fast and modern trains run every three minutes or so and will take you throughout the city. Viennese buy their tickets in advance, usually in blocks of 5 at a time from the tabacs. Once a ticket has been stamped it is only valid for one trip in one direction. The traims are also a practical way to get around and a great way to see the city. Lines 1 and 2 will bring you to all the major sights on the Ringstrasse.
* Vienna is a good year round destination. If you go to Vienna in summer, you will not see the Lippizaner stallions (on holidays) or the Vienna Boys Choir (they are usually away performing on tour).
* There is no end of fun food in Vienna. Bratwurst is available at snack stands everywhere. Schinkenfleckerl - ham and noodles is also delicious. Vienna is also famous for its desserts. Two places to go are Aida which has chocolate cakes and lovely fruit pastries and Demel's. This place has been open since 1887 and is one of the reasons Vienna is known as Europe's pastry capital. It sets up an Olympic sized array of more than sixty pastries in its front rooms. The 5 layer chocolate Anna torte and the Sachertorte are house specialities. Sample the goods here and then go across the road to the Hotel Sacher's cafe to compare. Both insist they have the original recipe for Sachertorte. Sacher also does a great strudel.
* Another dish to definitely try is Tafelspitz (boiled beef), a favourite of Emperor Franz Josef. It might sound dull, but it is far from bland. Boiled to a tender delicacy it is flavoured with spices and served with grated potatoes. The best Tafelspitz in Austria is apparently served in Vienna as the chefs have been making the dish here for decades. It was one of the tastiest dishes I tried in Austria.
* There is masses of choice when it comes to eating out in the evening. There are traditional restaurants serving Wiener Schnitzel and other local specialities, Italian restaurants and wonderful Turkish places which are very popular with the locals. These are great value. Head for the Naschmarkt which is Vienna's biggest market. It is great for food stalls, especially those selling spices and herbs and for Gree, Turkish, Italian and Japanese restaurants with gardens where you can eat outside in summer.
* Vienna is by no means a cheap city, however prices still remain reasonable when compared to places such as London.
* It is said that at any time of the day or night in Vienna, someone somewhere is playing the music of Mozart. You might hear it in an opera house, a church, a festival, an open-air concert or a cafe.
* Revisit the Hapsburgs in Vienna - you can still witness their grandeur as you stroll through the Inner City. The Hofburg, the family's winter palace is a living architectural textbook dating from 1279. Also visit Schonnbrunn, the sprawling summer palace which lies on the outskirts of the city and has magnificient gardens.
* Stroll along the Kartnerstrasse. This is at the heart of Viennese life and is a bustling, pedestrian only street. From morning to night, shoppers parade along, there are street performers, musicians, magicians and lots of cafe terraces for some of the best people watching in Vienna.
* Vienna is probably one of the safest capital cities in Europe. We were out at all times of the day and evening, and always felt completely safe. Do be aware of pickpockets though, especially when travelling on a packed underground train or in the Prater.